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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 01:08 PM

Martyroc mentioned cleaning up old lumber with a belt sander. I’m afraid that might compound the problem rather than solve it. I try hard to arrange processes so that cutting edges never enter a sanded piece. Sandpaper has the bad habit of leaving grit buried in the wood that dulls subsequent cutting edges quickly. Martyroc is right, however, that the used wood needs to be cleaned. A good sharp paint scraper is quicker than sandpaper. If it gets dull from the dirt, you can quickly touch it up.

I’m reluctant to plane used wood unless there is some way to detect broken staples, nails, or other metal leftovers buried and likely unseen. Definitely never plane used concrete form boards! Or boards that sat on gravel or sand. Fresh, clean pallets offer a pretty good source for small pieces, and I’ve been known to saw out the clear parts rather than try to pull the nails or staples.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com You can allways find three nuts to secure the four bolts you need.


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